Friday, August 31, 2018


The Media Theatre has a brand new hour long musical for children ages 4 and up just in time for the Halloween season.

"Five Little Pumpkins" is on stage every Sunday at Noon September 30 through October 28. Based on the nursery rhyme, the new show was conceived and written by Roger Ricker with music and lyrics by Ben Kapilow. GET TICKETS

"It started with the little rhyme known by many pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary students," Ricker said. "We added much more to it, however. So it's all about the Five Pumpkins who are on the gate...but why are they there? How did they get there? We also added characters who do not exist in the poem. That's the fun of the show."

In "Five Little Pumpkins: The Musical" Private Detective Investigator Marshall Law The Third looks into the situation, only to find that Winona Witch had a lot to do with it. There are also Henry and Harriet, two of the Neighborhood Children, who are heavily involved.

"You may wonder how a show can be exciting with five pumpkins sitting on a gate," Ricker stated. "What we do in the concept is have each pumpkin get off of the gate as they tell their side of the story, which allows the show to breathe. Each pumpkin has a solo, and there is also a lot of interaction between the Private Detective, the Witch, and the Neighborhood Children. There are also times when the audience is involved to assist in finding out the truth of the situation." 

Ben Kapilow, the Media Theatre's Resident Music Director, wrote the music and lyrics. Song titles include "Trick Or Treat", "Witches In The Air", "Why We Did It", and "I Wanna Run". 

The show also has life lessons about being yourself, being honest, and being kind. 

"Five Little Pumpkins" features a Costume Pageant at the end of each show. "It's actually built into the story," Ricker said. "Children in the audience are asked to come to the show in their favorite Halloween costume. During the final scene of the show we'll have them come up on stage, and every child will leave with a treat to start their Halloween fun."

For tickets to "Five Little Pumpkins: The Musical" call 610-891-0100 or visit The show is on Sundays at Noon Sept. 30 to Oct. 28, with one Saturday morning show at 11am Halloween Weekend Oct. 27.

The cast for "Five Little Pumpkins" is:

THE PUMPKINS—(Double cast; when not playing a Pumpkin they are Neighborhood Children)
PETUNIA: Sydney Amos and Lily Jo Shelkin
PETER: Preston Newton and Tyler Pugh
PERCIVAL: Charlie Carroccio and Greyson Heneks 
PEPPY: Zoe Nesbitt and Kiki Troilo 
PARKER: Rachel Durham and Kevin Olive

WITCH: Lauren Saddic
HENRY: Zachary Amos
HARRIET: Natalie Amos

Lucy Amos
Savanna Galloway
Sutton Gold
Sean Grogan
Darcy McGee
Audrey Siu
Amelia Welch

Friday, August 17, 2018


The Media Theatre's Fall 2018 Semester of Acting Classes begin the weekend of September 8. The new "Tween" class continues, with the popular Teen and Adult classes returning. There are two levels of Children's Classes. Each semester brings a fun educational atmosphere as students develop by working together and creating within a group setting. REGISTER HERE

Classes are under the supervision of Broadway World Award winning Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who studied with the renowned Sanford Meisner. All classes at The Media Theatre follow the Sanford Meisner Technique which basically states that 'acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance'. This means that all actors should create without copying anyone else's performance or trying to be who they are not. It's a confidence booster while raising self-awareness. 

The Acting Classes focus solely on acting skills and stage presence while also featuring improvisational theatre exercises for each age group.

The Children, Tween, and Teen students from the acting classes are given performance opportunities throughout the year at The Media Theatre, playing roles in the Children's Series such as the upcoming "Five Little Pumpkins" and in working with professional actors in "The Wizard of OZ".

Roger Ricker, who has been in over 100 productions at The Media Theatre and has worked with Artistic Director Jesse Cline since 1991, will continue instructing the Level One Children's Class on Saturday mornings at 9am for ages 5-8, and the Level Two Children's Class on Tuesday afternoons at 5pm for ages up to 11. He'll also instruct the Teen Acting Class on Sunday evenings at 6pm, as well as the Tween Class on Wednesday afternoons at 5pm.

Here, by start date, are the classes for the Fall Semester:

The Level One Children's Class starts Saturday September 8 at 9am, continuing for a total of ten weeks. The weekly hour long class is perfect for ages 5 to 8, with a focus on basic stage skills, working with other children, theatre games, and developing good diction and interaction dynamics.

The Teen Class, Sundays from 6-7:30pm, begins the new semester on September 9. The eight week course features group improvisation, as the young actors create scenes together, learning to react without over-analyzing and discovering how they would react to certain situations relevant to their age group. Improv scenes are both humorous and dramatic.

Tuesday, September 11, is the start date for the Second Level Children’s Class which takes place from 5-6pm. For ages 8-10 (or for those a bit younger with more stage experience) the class features skill building within fun group theatre exercises. It’s a ten-week semester, an hour each week.

The Adult Acting Class also starts up Tuesday September 11, meeting from 7:00-8:30pm each week for an eight-week semester. Scene study is a big part of the class. Artistic Director Jesse Cline instructs the class, with a strong emphasis on The Meisner Technique.

The Tween Class, for ages 11-12 (and specific 10 year olds with stage experience) starts Wednesday September 12 from 5-6pm. The ten-week course is strictly for youth who are no longer little children but are not quite teenagers. The class will focus on improvisation and building self-awareness as well as stage presence.

To register for the Acting Classes call 610-891-0100 or visit All Media Theatre classes are $400 for the Fall Semester. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


The Media Theatre’s 2018 Volunteer of The Year is Regenia ‘Rege’ McAden, a music educator with over forty years of experience.

She is receiving the honor at Roger Ricker’s “Rocket Man” concert on Saturday September 15 for her dedication to consistently promoting The Media Theatre’s mission and programming. She has, in the past six years, organized large group outings to the theatre’s productions. With her theatre partnership, she has provided opportunities for students in the wider community to attend performances.
“I enjoy hosting the pizza lunches after the Children’s Show performances,” she said. “We get so many smiles from the young people, and the cast of each production comes out to say hello.”

She loves to host students from inner-city schools in Philadelphia where sources are limited for studying the Arts. She established a group of friends who regularly join Media Theatre performances, and over the course of the theatre’s season, she has over 200 youth and adults who see shows under her leadership.

Rege McAden is also a ‘theater angel’ of sorts, as she dutifully and annually seeks out a talented student who is awarded a Camp Media Theatre Scholarship. “Without the scholarship they may not be able to attend camp,” she said. “When I spot the talent, I call the theater and they’ve been very accommodating. Things like that can change a young person’s life.”

A native of Philadelphia, Rege attended public schools and studied music at Germantown High School, where she played the clarinet in the band, cello in the orchestra, sang in the concert choir, and performed with the All City Orchestra and Choir. She then entered Temple University’s College of Music and received a degree in music education with a minor in piano and voice.

Over the years, she has instructed students in classroom music, choral music, theatrical performance, and directed a summer Fine Arts Camp. She also has done private vocal coaching and piano instruction, and recruits and tutors cadets and candidates for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. She was recently honored in “Reprise”, the PBCC alumni newsletter that celebrated the Choir’s 50th anniversary.

She is currently a teacher at West Chester Friends School, where she also finds the time to develop and nurture theatre groups who attend The Media Theatre. “I started getting involved with The Media Theatre when one of my students—Lexi Gwynn—was involved there. After I started the involvement, it just never stopped. The Media Theatre is a gem for the surrounding region, with their professional Broadway Series and Children’s Shows,” she explained. “Their mission of education is also very important, so it needs to be supported. It’s why I do what I do. To bring fulfillment to the lives of the young people who may not otherwise have such great opportunities.”

For tickets to Roger Ricker's fundraising concert "Rocket Man", call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit Sponsorships for the event are also available.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Wayne, PA, has a rising star in Cassidy Else. The 13 year old, who sings as if she is already a veteran of the Broadway stage, won the “Vocalist Junior 2018” title at The Media Theatre on Sunday night August 5.

During the five week Junior competition, she chose songs from well known---and some not so well known---Broadway musicals. She showcased her vocal range from ‘belting’ to ‘smooth’, winning over both the audience and the judges.

She will be attending Radnor High School as a ninth grader this year. “Now that I have won, I hope to continue to perform in more shows,” she said. “Maybe here at Media or at other theaters in the area.”
Cassidy Else wins the Vocalist Junior 2018 contest, as runner-up Mary Kate Vink applauds.

Cassidy has performed at The Media Theatre in the past, most recently as Veronica in “Heathers, The Musical: High School Edition” this summer, and as the lead role in “The Princess And The Pea” this past winter. She has also enjoyed performing on the Swarthmore Players Club stage in “The Little Mermaid”.

During her school years, she was in middle school chorus, the girls’ ensemble, and also performed in the school plays. She hopes to have the same involvement now that she is moving into high school. “I realized I was made for the stage when I was seven years old,” she explained. “Being on stage allows you to really express yourself and it is a great feeling to do what you love to do.”

The summer singing contest was created by The Media Theatre’s Artistic Director Jesse Cline ten years ago to highlight the importance of music education and theatre training. For five weeks, the contestants had the opportunity to perform in front of large audiences on the professional theatre stage while they were being adjudicated by a rotating panel of judges from week to week, with Cline being the one constant judge throughout the competition.

The 2018 runner-up was Mary Kate Vink of West Chester. Charlie Carroccio, of Newtown Square, gained third place. 

Educational opportunities continue at The Media Theatre this fall with Acting Classes for children, tweens, teens, and adults. For more information, call 610-891-0100 or visit

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


The Media Theatre's Roger Ricker has his annual fundraising concert on Saturday September 15. "Rocket Man" will feature Ricker singing classic hits of the '70's as well as special guests and a youth ensemble, who will sing a medley of songs from Broadway's "The Lion King". 
"The theme this year is moving forward like a rocket," Ricker explained. "Working together, we are able to have a bright future."
"This annual concert has become a tradition," Ricker said. "The difference this time is that it is happening later in the calendar year on a Saturday, as opposed to a Wednesday night in the summertime. We are opening our entire season a bit later than usual, starting with "Sweeney Todd" in October, so it seemed logical to have this fundraiser closer to the start of the 2018-19 season."
"We have been doing these Ricker shows every year for the past dozen years," Ricker explained. "They are not just fundraisers, they are FUN-RAISERS! It's like a giant party on the stage and in the audience. It's casual, fun, and full of spontaneity. If you love The Media Theatre, this is your night to be there."

A large part of the Ricker concert experience is its 'off-the-cuff' improvisational style. "We plan and rehearse the songs," he said. "But beyond that, it's not scripted at all. You never know what can happen."

Last year's Roger Ricker & Friends concert "The Together Show" was the recipient of the Broadway World Award for Best Special Event in the Philadelphia region. "It was so nice to be honored by Broadway World," Ricker stated. "Everyone involved in the concert last year was thrilled."

Ben Kapilow, The Media Theatre's Resident Music Director, will accompany Ricker and his guests on the keyboard, which is the only accompaniment used in the show. "It's simple. It's just us, the audience, a keyboard, and Ben. That's all you need." 

The State Street Miracles, the theatre's performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities, are a part of The Media Theatre family and will be singing a medley of their 'greatest hits'. "It would not be a concert without them," Ricker said.

The Volunteer of The Year Award will be given to West Chester's Rege McAden during the concert. She's been volunteering her time for a several years, coordinating large groups which attend the theatre's Broadway Series and Children's Shows. She also, with her connection to West Chester Friends School, seeks out a Scholarship student each year for the summer camp, and assists in other ways such as being a volunteer judge for the "Vocalist" contest. 
For tickets to "Rocket Man" featuring Roger Ricker and Friends, call 610-891-0100 or visit The concert is on the main stage Saturday September 15 at 7pm. "Rocket Man" is sponsored by Destination Delco, and family sponsors The Golds, The Newtons, The Shelkins, and John Whitig.


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